Baseball is back, but who is making the bats?

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Remember when you were a true American if you liked apple pie and baseball. Well, it appears we might have been invaded and with that our American theme of apple pie and baseball has been kidnapped.
It was reported this past week Louisville Slugger, the 120-year-old baseball bat-maker that equipped Hall of Famers such as Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, has been sold to Wilson Sporting Goods. Unfortunately for those who support 100 percent American business Wilson Sporting Goods now is represented by a Finnish sporting goods company, Amer Sports’ Wilson brand.
There is some consolation in the transaction. The parent company of the Louisville Slugger bats, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., will become AmerWilson’s exclusive manufacturing partner for wooden bats and continue to produce them at its downtown Louisville, Kentucky factory.
If you have any doubts the trend of a pure American business becoming an international businesses serving a world-wide market, this transaction confirms that trend.
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Thought money is tight and the consumer has clamped down on his/her purchases? Think again. It was reported this past week the average ticket price for the NCAA Final Four was just under $1,900 per ticket. That is nearly 25 percent higher than 2013. And at one time I thought it was a crime when major league baseball and Cornhusker football tickets reached such a high price that the average dad couldn’t afford to take his kids to a ball game. Now it appears dad can’t even afford to go to a game.
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RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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